Selected Lexical and Grammatical Issues in the Meaning–Text Theory

In honour of Igor Mel'čuk

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  • Editor: Leo Wanner1
  • Format: PDF
  • Publication Year: 2007
  • e-Book ISBN 9789027292773

The Meaning Text Theory (MTT) is a lexicon-centred and dependency-based theory for the description of language using a holistic model that incorporates semantics, syntax, morphology and lexis. This volume, prepared on the occasion of Igor Mel'&#269;uk’s 70th birthday, offers a cross-section of the current advances in MTT and its applications. The first part of the book focuses on lexical phenomena that are still largely neglected in mainstream linguistics: sound symbolism as manifested by <i>ideophones</i>, and idiosyncratic lexical relations as manifested by<i> lexical functions</i> (LFs). In particular, LFs are addressed from different angles (including the introduction of new “standard” LFs, the argument structure and semantic decomposition of lexical relations captured by LFs, automatic recognition of LF-instances in corpora, and the use of LFs in terminology and natural language processing). The second part of the book deals with such prominent model-oriented issues as semantic paraphrasing in MTT, the role of phrase structure in MTT and syntactic analysis within MTT.

Subjects: Computational & corpus linguistics; Lexicography; Theoretical linguistics; Semantics; Syntax

  • Affiliations: 1: ICREA and Pompeu Fabra University

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